As mentioned before, the great city of Louisville is known for several neat things — the baseball bat Louisville Slugger, the Kentucky Derby, bourbon, Muhammad Ali and J.Law.
For us beer geeks, we know Louisville as the location of beloved craft brewery Against the Grain. The breathe of their selection is staggering. They pretty much cover every style and offer up unusual takes on standards.
To dive deep into all things Against the Grain, you head to their brewery and BBQ restaurant located on the main drag in Louisville, ummm, Main Street. Even better, it’s attached to Louisville Slugger Field, home to the minor league team, the Louisville Bats. A mile down the road is the Louisville Slugger factory and museum. You see a pattern here?
While the grain in the name is the wheat and not the wood, the brewery does some wild things like ramen brewed beer and lot of barrel-aged and smoked porters and stouts. While I didn’t eat there, it was a tough choice to figure out what 20 drafts to samples.
Some of the beers in their line-up do distribute outside of the state like Citra Ass Down and Kamen Knuddeln, so I went with the brewery exclusives.
- A Beer Pale Ale
- Bloody Snow Pilsner
- Flex-Arcana Stout
- Sigurd Vos Smoked Ale
- Low-Key ESB
- Aunt Claudine’s Salty Melons
I’m pretty I picked my flight based on the funniest names. To go, I got their Jackyale barrel-aged porter. “Double brown ale aged in bourbon barrels in honor of the greatest rock and roll band on this or any other time: JACKYL,” said the description.
For the beer people, this is a must-visit if you find yourself in town. It’s a big beautiful space that overlooks a lovely ball field.